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INDYCAR: How to watch the Grand Prix of Portland

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The NTT IndyCar Series is in “The City of Roses” for the penultimate round of the 2019 season, the Grand Prix of Portland.

After a triumphant return to the IndyCar schedule after an 11-year hiatus last year, Portland International Raceway is 12-Turn, 1.964-mile natural terrain road course located just south of the Oregon/Washington border.

Colton Herta will start today’s race from the pole position, while the top three championship contenders will start the race from further back in the field.

Alexander Rossi (third in the standings, -46 behind) will start today’s race from the seventh position, while Josef Newgarden (point leader) and Simon Pagenaud (second in the standings, -38 behind) will roll off the grid in the 13th and 18th positions.

NBC and NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage of today’s on-track activity, which includes the second race of this weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader and, of course, the Grand Prix of Portland.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Sunday 9/1, 4:50 p.m. ET, Indy Lights Race 2, NBC Sports Gold 

Sunday 9/1, 6 p.m. ET, Grand Prix of Portland, NBC and streaming live

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WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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